15 to Finish

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Get in, get out, and get your career going!

On average, a college student wants to take 15 credit hours each semester to make sure they graduate on time. However, many full-time students take less than that and don’t receive their diploma on schedule. This delays the potential of increased income that comes with a two-year diploma and adds the cost of extra semesters.

To help students better plan their course schedules, SOWELA is participating in a state-wide program called 15 to Finish. The program provides you and your advisors with resources to help you stay on track and graduate on time. Plus, participating students will automatically be entered into a contest to win a $500 textbook voucher. Keep reading this page to learn how you can participate.

Why take 15 credit hours?
  • Save Money – Already enrolled in 12 hours? Taking an additional class can be free! There is no additional cost for students who take 12-15 credit hours of on-campus classes.
  • Graduate on Time – most programs require 60 credits to graduate, so in four semesters, that’s 15 credits per semester.
Sample Course Schedule for Graduating on Time
Fall Semester
Fall Second Start
Winter Session
Spring Spring Second Start May-mester
Annual Total
Full-Time Plus 15 15 30 credits
Full-Time with Summer 12 12 6 30 credits
Full-Time with Second Start 12 3 12 3 30 credits
Full-Time with Winter Session and May-mester 12 3 12 3 30 credits


15 to Finish Textbook Voucher Drawing

Students who complete 15 credit hours with a minimum 2.5 GPA during the 2018-2019 academic year will be entered into a drawing for a textbook voucher valued up to $500.* The drawing will take place after the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters with two awards given out for each semester.

*The voucher can only be used on textbooks or class-specific supplies. If the value of your textbook and supply purchase is less than $500, monies cannot be used on other bookstore items, such as t-shirts or backpacks.

SOWELA can help you get started.
  • Talk to your academic advisor to see if the 15 to Finish program is right for you.
  • Connect with the One Stop Enrollment Center if you have questions about financial aid options.